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Windows XP Screen Resolution - Profiles

By Mozster ·
We run an 2003 AD network domain with XP Workstation clients and no roaming profiles setup.

When a user logs in it creates their user profile locally from the default user profile.
The original user sets their screen resolution to 1024 x 768 @ 75Hz and it works fine with that user booting up and shutting down over a few weeks.
Then a 2nd user comes along and logs in to that machine and the resolution changes back to the higher default of 1280 x 800 and then needs changed manually back to the correct 1024 resolution for the 2nd user!

When the original user comes back to their machine and logins the resolution once again flips back to 1280!!!
Any ideas how to lock this in XP so any user that logs in picks up a desktop size of 1024 x 768?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Windows XP Screen Resolut ...

Check to see if the administrator account is set to the 1024X768 resolution.

If the user is making changes to the screen resolution, it will be propogated to all users, which is what appears to be happening. Is a program possibly changing the resolution of display?

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by Mozster In reply to Windows XP Screen Resolut ...

Administrator account is set at 1024 x 768.

When a new user logs in it seems to automatically adjust it higher then that becomes the new setting.

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by mrjay67 In reply to Windows XP Screen Resolut ...

You could use Group policy to lock them from changing it. Run "gpedit.msc" from run prompt. Since you have active directory you should be able to use that to push the policies to your users. I come from a netware/zen works background and i'm not sure where to tell you to go in active directory settings. Once you have the display set then you push the policy so it cant be changed by the users. You should be able to set it where certain users/groups have different rights if need be(and they should since you dont want to lock yourself/admins out of making changes).

In our environment resolution changes made to an XP profile only effect that current user. We are set up similary in that we use the default profile as well. If the Res. still changes I would also think its related to some software.

just my $.02

Jason

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I dont think group policy will allow setting the specific resolution. From what I've seen it only enables or disables the ability to make the change.

Once you open gpedit look under User Config -> Admin Templates -> Control Panel -> Dispaly - Hide settings tab. Changes are saved when you close the Group policy window.

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i've seen goofy stuff like this caused by the "advanced" drivers from the manufacturer that does some funky stuff with ntuser.dat. see if you can get an older version of the video driver

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